Energy regulators call on EU law-makers to shape the right regulatory framework for Self-Consumers and Local Energy Communities
Press Release (PR-17-05)
· Renewable self-consumption and energy communities welcomed but must be fair
· Consumers should be able to switch supplier within 24-hours
· Priority dispatch for existing renewables should be removed
Powering towards Clean Energy in a way that benefits all consumers and creates a level playing field was the theme of today’s 2017 conference of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)1.
Renewable self-consumption and energy communities welcomed but must be fair
Whilst welcoming self-consumption and energy communities, CEER calls on legislators to shape the right regulatory framework for such new structures and roles in a way that protects all consumers2:
Consumer involvement in energy communities should be voluntary with consumer rights protected
Cross-subsidies between active and inactive/vulnerable customers should be avoided: use cost-reflective network tariffs and avoid “net metering”3
Energy communities that operate as Distribution System Operator (DSO) should be regulated as a DSO
CEER President, Lord Mogg, explained:
“Regulators welcome the choice and consumer empowerment opportunities of renewable self-consumption and energy communities. However, consumer rights such as the right to join a local energy community or leave it to switch supplier must also be ensured.”
The CEER White Paper on Renewable Self-Consumers and Energy Communities sets out 7 core principles to protect consumers rights4.
Consumers should be able to switch supplier within 24-hours
Retail energy market competition must be further enhanced through tools and clear price signals. CEER President, Lord Mogg, said:
“If we want consumers to be active in energy markets, they need to be able to react to and benefit from price signals. Consumers should be able to switch within 24 hours. 3-weeks duration to switch supplier is no longer acceptable.”
Priority dispatch for existing renewables should be removed
With renewables a central part of the sector (accounting for over 28% of electricity demand across Europe), regulators call on legislators to fully integrate renewables into the wholesale market:
All participants should have balancing responsibility
Priority dispatch for existing as well as new RES plants should be removed so that it is the cheapest plants (irrespective of plant type5) that sun, minimising consumer electricity prices
A series of short Regulatory White Papers (www.ceer.eu/white-papers) outlines regulators' positions on a range of issues (renewables, customers, networks etc.) in the Clean Energy proposals.
Brussels, 19 September 2017
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